On the 2. of March 2016 stridsminjar.is received a email from Mrs. Joan B. Stott, telling us that when going through some items and papers that belonged to her father, who had died in 2010. She came across two diaries that her father had kept in 1942/43 when he was stationed in Iceland as a wireless operator for the RAF. Corporal Ray Barker Royal Air Force was stationed at the transmitting station Artun (Ártúnshöfði) in Reykjavík working for Ferry Group.
She said she could find in his diaries references to lost aircraft coming from Greenland or The UK on their way to Iceland and crashed aircraft in Iceland. She said that she and her husband would be stopping for two days in Reykjavík in August and asked if we where interested in seeing these diaries and some photos. And that she would bring them with her and lend them to us. We met Mr. and Mrs. Stott in Reykjavík on the 1. of August 2016. They were on a the cruise ship Black Watch, traveling in the North Atlantic. We took them around Reykjavik. Showed them Artun were the transmitting station had been and some interesting sights in Reykjavik.
We have, now and then been looking at these diaries and our conclusion is that we will not gain more detailed information on crashed aircraft. But they do give insight to the life the soldiers led here during WWII. Joan’s father Corporal Ray Barker who later became a journalist wrote a article when he was stationed here about the ferry pilots which he called SOS. With Joan’s permission we would like to published here. These are photocopies of the original typed pages. The accompanying photos are from the diaries, “sleeping quarters” and “operations room”Operations room at ÁrtúnSleeping courtersSos 1sos 2

Sos 3

A crash site visit to Álftanes on Mýrar where a P-47 Thunderbolt had made a forced landing.Ásdís and Ólafur on beach by Nóntangi

On July 4, 2015, Ásdís Haraldsdóttir farmer, a former teacher, and horse breeder at Álftanes had agreed to meet us and show us where she had seen the crashed plane. Over a period of 40 years, Ásdís had seen parts of the crashed plane sticking out of the sand on a beach near her farm maybe 3 or 4 times. She told us that the spot could only be reached at low tide and we would have to be at her farm around 14:00 that afternoon.
Nóntangi Álftanes Ólafur and ÁsdísThe weather was at its best when we arrived. Ásdís lead us out on the sandy shore and told us interesting stories from the surrounding area, the birds, and her horses. After about a half an hours walk, we reached the spot where Ásdís had seen some years before a metal beam or metal frame sticking out of the sand. She had not been out here this year so she didn't know if there was anything to see now. We walked back and forth along the shoreline but saw nothing. But we did get a fairly good idea where the plane had landed. Ásdís told us that through the years the family had been out here riding and she had seen three or four times some metal object standing out of the sand. She remembered quite accurately where she had seen this and pointed the spot to us.
After an hour or so we had to hurry back to the farm because the tide was coming in. We thank Ásdis for her assistance and entertaining stories about the area. Details on the incident and the plane can be found here.